Grants Guidelines

  • 1889 Foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or grant proposals.
  • We value your time, therefore, we strongly encourage you to review 1889 Foundation’s grants philosophy, statement of identity, eligibility, and About Us page. If you believe that your organization’s mission and programs are consistent with 1889 Foundation’s interests and do not fall within one of the existing collaborative partnerships, then please use the button below to request permission to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) for consideration by the Grants Committee. If you are granted permission, you will receive a link to the LOI form.
  • If, based on the letter of inquiry, the project appears to match our funding criteria and priorities, the applicant may be asked to provide additional information.
  • Review of the LOI and a request for additional information does not mean funding will be approved.
  • Due to the volume of requests we receive, all letters of inquiry will only be accepted through the Foundation’s online portal using the LOI form. Requests in any other format i.e., emailed or mailed, etc. will not be reviewed.

All Letters of Inquiry must demonstrate a clear tie to the Foundation’s mission and should align with the following priority areas:

Advance health in our region: 1889 Foundation is a “health” foundation that embraces the World Health Organization’s definition of health as a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Moreover, we recognize that a person’s health is strongly influenced by the social, economic and environmental context within which they live, work and go to school. Given this broad understanding of what health is and how health is created, 1889 Foundation views its purpose as “improving lives”.

Improve systems to achieve region-wide impact: In order to achieve population-level impacts, the Foundation intervenes at a systems-level rather than simply supporting individual programs. In particular, the Foundation seeks to create stronger systems throughout the region, where organizations align their approaches and operate from a holistic perspective.

Foster effective and innovative organizations: The Foundation believes that meaningful improvements in population health will require organizations throughout the region to be more strategic and innovative in their programming, and to incorporate strategies that have proven effective in other settings. Our grantmaking and community leadership work will be structured in a way to encourage innovation, learning and adoption of best/proven practices.

Letters of Inquiry will only be accepted through the Foundation online portal. Emailed or paper submissions will not be reviewed. An invitation to submit a letter of inquiry does not guarantee funding.

Request Permission to Submit Letter of Inquiry

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